The Philomath City Council plans to gather on Monday evening for a regular meeting and executive session. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath City Council plans to award a contract for the construction of the city’s new water reservoir during a meeting that’s been called for 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28 at City Hall.

After several years of meetings, proposals and financing strategies, the long-awaited water treatment plant and reservoir project will materialize. Westech Engineering completed this first phase of the project on the reservoir and obtained competitive quotes from three bidders.

HP Civil Inc., was the low bidder at a base price of $4,161,000 with the possibility of an additional $30,000 to $60,000 if the council approves of options related to anti-graffiti primer and coating.

According to the city staff’s agenda item summary, City Manager Chris Workman recommends that those anti-graffiti options be added to reduce maintenance costs on the reservoir. If that proves to be the case, the contract would be $4,221,000.

Peter Blumenthal, Westech project manager, told the City Council in a Nov. 23 letter that HP Civil, which is based in Stayton, “confirmed their desire to begin work as soon as possible.”

The other two bids were from Pacific Excavation at $4,447,500 and Emery Construction at $4,527,500.

Also on the Monday night meeting’s agenda is a proposed ordinance to declare a two-year moratorium on psilocybin product manufacturing and service centers in Philomath. Voters approved of the moratorium in the Nov. 8 election by a fairly slim 52-48 margin or 103 votes.

The council is also scheduled to go into a closed meeting after the regular business wraps up. The executive session was called as allowed under state statute “to consult legal counsel regarding litigation or litigation likely to be filed.” Executive sessions are closed to the public.

For those not attending in person at City Hall, the regular meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.